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Is Including Materials in a Renovation Quote a Good Idea?

When receiving a renovation quote, a primary concern for clients is unexpected additional expenses. Seeing "labor and materials included" in a quote might seem reassuring. But is it advantageous to have materials included? And without it, is it easier to go over budget?

Before addressing this, it's essential to distinguish between base materials and finishing materials.

Base Materials refer to items hidden behind walls or under floors, like plumbing, electrical wiring, plaster, sand, waterproofing, and plastering materials.

Finishing Materials are visible and touchable construction materials such as flooring, tiles, sanitary ware, faucets, electrical plates, hardware, and door locks.


If the quote specifies "labor and materials included," contractors usually either specify a few brands or set a price limit:


- No worries about selecting materials.

- Contractors manage the ordering and delivery.


- Limited styles of included materials, which might not match the client's preferences.

- Even without the materials, the reduced price might not be much lower.

- The quality of provided materials can be questionable.

- Contractors might mark up prices or earn commissions, not guaranteeing the best deal.


Take the time to understand the materials provided in the quote (brand, style, quality) and ensure they are specified.


If the quote doesn't include materials, there's no need for undue concern since material prices in the market are transparent:


- Freedom to choose preferred styles.

- Control over price and quality.

- Clearer and more transparent quotation.


- Need to manage ordering and delivery.


Contractors usually advise clients on required materials in advance. It's essential to coordinate the ordering and delivery times to avoid project delays.

So, is it good to include materials in a renovation quote? DECOLAND believes that since contractors primarily focus on installation, a quote excluding materials might be clearer. Clients can choose according to their preferences, reducing misunderstandings. Additionally, with vast market information available and transparent pricing, clients needn't worry that excluding materials will cause significant budget overruns.


For many, renovation isn't an easy task. Aside from cost considerations, the process can be quite vexing for homeowners. That's where DECOLAND comes in with its all-in-one service approach. Whether it's finding the right renovation team, designers, getting accurate quotes, or managing the project, DECOLAND is here to support.

DECOLAND is here to help you solve all your renovation worries effortlessly!

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